Our Namibia collection features beautiful handmade ostrich eggshell and beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. All pieces are made by Ju/‘hanse Bushmen in Namibia and follow age-old traditions.
Ostrich eggshell bead making is a 40,000 year-old tradition according to archaeological studies. Bushmen living in Namibia today are still making ostrich eggshell beads much the same way as their ancestors did thousands of years ago.
The process of making these beads is tedious. First, shards of ostrich eggs are broken into tiny pieces. Next, each piece is rounded by chipping the edges. Then, the beads are placed in tiny holes carved into a block of wood or onto a stone or piece of leather. Holes are then drilled using a handmade tool and a stick is rolled between the palms of the hands to create a twisting movement that etches into the ostrich eggshell bead. The beads are strung on a piece of sinew and then the edges further smoothed using hide or a grinding stone.